ABRSM Grade 8 - Piano Exam Pieces
Chopin - Mazurka in A minor (Op.17 No. 4)
ABRSM Grade 8 - B5
A ravishing melody floats in the air above the left hand’s meandering harmonies, creating a haunting, melancholy atmosphere. The second section invites us to a rustic dance but even though the music has now moved to the major key the colour remains dark, the bass drone keeping us grounded. The piece finishes with the same progression of chords that we heard at the start, and because Chopin does not resolve it onto the tonic chord we are left hanging in the air.
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